Long Range Still Cool

March 14th, 2014 at 8:47 pm by under Bill's Blog, Weather

814temp.new  814prcp.new  Despite the fact that we reached 51 today in G.R., the overall pattern remains cool.  These are the 8-14 day outlooks for temperature (on the left) and precipitation (on the right) from the Climate Prediction Center.   I’m not sure about the above average precipitation, but I think cooler than average trend will continue into early April.  The average high for Monday is 45 for G.R. and we go to the low 50s by the end of the month.  This weekend looks chilly relative to average…mid 30s Saturday and mid 20s on Sunday.  The weekend should be mostly dry as a snowstorm moves from Central Indiana to New England (I’d move the snowfall at the link about 40 miles to the north).

Peak wind gusts today:  50 mph Chicago (water intake), 47 mph  Battle Creek (where they had the scaffold collapse today), 46 mph Holland Regional Airport, 45 mph Grand Rapids, 44 mph S. Haven, 39 mph Allendale.

Barrow, Alaska reached 3 above zero today – that’s their highest temperature in 12 days.  It’s been a smoggy day in Paris, France, could be a few severe t-storms in E. Texas Saturday.

38 Responses to “Long Range Still Cool”

  1. kevin. w says:

    You know what I think if we get a day or two with very warm temperatures like highs in the 80s and we get a strong cold front (like what we’ve been having) there’s going to be a major severe weather/wind event and/or tornado outbreak. I really wouldn’t be surprised this year with the very cold available to the north and warm air (we already had some heat to our south) charging north to produce a mod/high risk area for storms. Just my thought. Nice day out today and plan on doing some more tapping this weekend, got the crew lined up and hoping for the big 5.

    1. INDY says:

      Hey kevin don’t forget to melt the ice on lk Michigan first before we get Tornados!!!! Drink up INDYY!!!

    2. Larry of Hastings, barry co says:

      I agree with you. How many trees have you tapped so far?

      1. INDY says:

        Don’t know but how many r’s in larry larry!!!! INDYY!!

    3. mr. negative says:

      Storm free…

      1. INDY says:

        Till next fall!! this summer!! INDYY!!

    4. Jacob G. says:

      Kind of how this whole pattern started last Oct/Nov. Had a small tornado touch down in Baily back in early November. The period from Oct – Mar coldest since 1912. http://stevengoddard.wordpress.com/2014/03/12/us-having-its-coldest-six-month-period-since-1912/ Every time we would warm up the cold would come right back in and cool us off. The Euro ensembles and weeklies are showing a wild up and down pattern, prime for some severe weather and blizzards through mid April.

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    5. GunLakeDeb says:

      Sorry I’m kind of late coming to this.

      That “clash” is what we worried about last year, partly based on the history of 1956: which was also a year when “winter would never end” and if I remember correctly, GR had a 6″ snowfall on March 29th/30th; then on April 3rd, it was unseasonably hot (80′s?) and that’s the date of the tornado outbreak that leveled Standale.

      So once again, I’m crossing my fingers that we just go through Spring quietly, like last year.

    6. fixxxer says:

      Lol kevin. We dont get severe storms here. Apparently just fridgid cold and endless lake effect.

  2. Barb says:

    I STILL have a foot of snow on the level in my front yard and still big drifts on my roof. The only bare spots are right around the house on the south and west sides.

    1. SlimJim NW GR (1) says:

      Don’t have any idea as to where you live but while the piles are still big here the snow on the ground has become much less and there are large bare spots on 44th near the mall in Grandville there is a lot of bare ground!

  3. SlimJim NW GR (1) says:

    We went to the River town mall this afternoon and I was very surprised how much snow is gone in that area. Lots of bare ground everywhere. I should say lots of brown bare ground.

  4. Cali1005 says:

    Well we’ve only had cooler than average temps the last 3 in a half months so I guess we can put up with the cooler than average temps for a few more weeks.

  5. INDY says:

    No severe weather until we melt thee ice on lk Michigan!! INDYY!!

    1. Larry of Hastings, barry co says:

      I am sure the ice on lake Michigan will melt real fast when it really starts to warm-up.

      1. INDY says:

        when it really starts to warm up !! Ok blog us in May then!! INDYY!!

  6. Brad (Van Buren) says:

    We need an inch or 2 of rain to help get some of this crappy salt off the roads. I love spring rainy days, wish we could get it warm enough to open the windows and listen to it rain.

  7. Wswplz says:

    Seems like our weather will be fairly tame for the foreseeable future, however very active next week for the east coast. This setup is open for change being that we will see some big swings in our weather, especially the next several weeks. I wouldn’t be surprised to see a system or two sneak into our forecast in what would rather be dry outlook.

  8. INDY says:

    3 more snow storms till May!! INDYY!!

    1. Jack says:

      “May”be or “May”be NOT !!! Stay Cued…….

    2. fixxxer says:

      Go drink a few more indy.

  9. mr. negative says:

    SE GR – Yard covered in snow. Quite simply, snow remains and cold reigns.

    1. Jack says:

      Quite Simply….TRUE !! Here as Well….NE Grand Rapids ! Stay Cued….

  10. Jack says:

    OFF TOPIC —– BILL, who you choosing in The Sparty – Badger B-Ball in The Big Ten Tourney Saturday ?? I think I know The Answer…. ;-) . Lol…. Stayin cued… ;-)

    1. Bill Steffen says:

      I gotta go with my alma mater – should be a good game. Michigan had a scare today.

      1. Jack says:

        That’s what I figured Bill. And Yes the Big ” M” did Have Scare ! Your Badgers are Playing Mighty FINE, At The Right Time. stay Cued Bill… & Thanks For This Blog and All Your Wonderful ” Community” Involvement !! God Bless U …BILL……. +…… :-)

    2. Jimbo says:

      U of M..MSU final on Sunday!! With MICHIGAN Big 10 Tourney Champs!!!!

      1. fixxxer says:

        This isnt a sports blog.

  11. Grady Foster says:

    What happened to the east/west divide?

  12. Travis Ulberg (West of Martin, Allegan County) says:

    Weather Underground keeps us cool through the next 15 days. It gives us 3″ of snow on the 28th and 29th with highs in the upper 30′s. Today or next Friday could be the warmest day of the month.

  13. Larry of Hastings, barry co says:

    I don’t see any 60+ temperature this month.

  14. Tyler says:

    We got up to maybe the upper 30′s today and we had rain for a good 8 hours or so but a very light rain. The snow melted today. I think we lost a good 7-8 inches of snow in the last week here.

  15. Larry of Hastings, barry co says:

    Today March 15, is national Dumbstruck Day. I am sure everyone will make this a fun day.

  16. mart (gr) says:

    happy ides! this cold outlook may make for a good maple syrup season!

    1. fixxxer says:

      Yeah but a horrid farming season if things dont improve. Shocked bill even posts these long ranges. We all know they change 100x. Spring is near folks. Get ready to hibernate rj.

  17. on the Grand says:

    Yesterday late turned out to be ok. It was not as nice as the day before. The wind was very cold from the Lake. The river is slowly melting but still holding together. At night the water re freezes but will melt the next day. I can see that the water is spreading outwards into the marsh area and not upwards but we have risen 3 inches at the wall.

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